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Assistant Director of Institutional Assessment

University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 24, 2024

Posting Details

This position is designated as Exempt from the Human Resources Act ( EHRA ).

Posting Details

​Benefits of Working at UNCW

Want to become a soaring UNCW Seahawk and work at one of the best universities on the East Coast? Want to put your toes in the sand after a day of work? The University of North Carolina Wilmington offers a wonderfully vibrant university community along with a beautiful location just miles from the beach.

Employees of UNCW are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other programs, resources, policies, and practices that help to support a work/life balance. Our programs have been designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Full time employees are eligible for dental, vision and health insurance plans. Health insurance benefit plans eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.

Full time employees are also eligible for the tuition waiver program which covers the cost of tuition and fees for up to three (3) undergraduate or graduate courses per academic year at UNCW or any other university within the UNC System. In addition, UNCW covers the cost of tuition and fees for one UNCW course each summer session.

As a full time employee, UNCW also offers a free membership to the Campus Recreation Center, free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus, meditation and yoga sessions, voluntary supplemental insurance coverages, pretax flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays, 24 hours of paid community service leave time, paid vacation and sick leave accrual and family medical leave after 12 months of continuous service.

We also offer an abundance of training and development programs through our Dare to Learn Academy , and the employee assistance program , many of which are offered free of charge.

Working Title
Assistant Director of Institutional Assessment

External Link to Posting

Vacancy Number

Position Number

Location of Workplace
Main UNCW Campus

Home Department
Institutional Research & Planning - 31700

Academic Affairs - 30 Division

Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Assistant Director of Institutional Assessment provides expertise and support for assessment and institutional accreditation for one or more designated academic colleges at UNCW . The Assistant Director is responsible for supporting the University and College(s) mission in these key areas:
  1. College/School educational and administrative unit assessment,
  2. Institutional accreditation
  3. Analysis and support of educational program metrics, institutional strategic plan metrics, and specialized program accreditation requirements as it relates to the program’s assessment plans.

The Assistant Director will be a member of a team of individuals in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Assistant Director partners with and supports the efforts of faculty, administrators, and staff to ensure high-quality assessment plans, reports, compliance evidence, and the effective use of assessment results that foster a culture of continuous quality improvement. This individual collaborates with faculty, program coordinators, chairs/directors, and college administration/staff in the improvement process by providing training and ongoing support to ensure that assessment efforts are meaningful to programs/units and outcomes are aligned with the university’s strategic plan and accreditation requirements. The assistant director leads individuals and teams in academic, administrative, and college student support units to ensure that these units identify outcomes, develop assessment plans, conduct data collection and analysis, determine improvement plans, consistently document results and status of actions, and maintain related documentation for reporting purposes in university cloud-based systems. The assistant director will refine and implement assessment processes that align with the university’s academic program review process. This individual will be a contributing member of the University Assessment Council, serve on appropriate college/school leadership teams to share results, and supports university comprehensive assessment programs (e.g., General Education and Quality Enhancement plans) for college-related courses, academic program reviews, accreditation visits, and other quality assurance and improvement efforts, The Assistant Director will assist in the preparation, review, and the submission of assessment reports, participating in or leading related meetings, and performing other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
  • Master’s degree in education, evaluation, social science, statistics, or related disciplines
  • 5+ years of coordinating assessment within a university or college setting
  • Experience in the development of comprehensive assessment and continuous improvement plans and reports
  • Experience in conducting social science research
  • Leadership experience within a complex and diverse organization
Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
  • Advanced degree beyond the master’s level
  • Experience with assessment and specialized accreditation matters at the College/School/Program level
  • Demonstrated experience providing expertise and support to a variety of stakeholders across an organization
  • Experience with assessment reporting of program and student learning outcomes, with an ability to analyze data, solve problems, make decisions, and prioritize
  • Experience with the accreditation processes within higher education and the development of new academic programs
  • Experience managing an assessment or accreditation reporting cloud-based solutions
Required Certifications or Licensures


Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

Reporting to the Chief Academic Officer within the Division of Academic Affairs, the Office of Institutional Research and Planning ( OIRP ) provides leadership and expertise related to institutional data and information, strategic planning, institutional effectiveness, and space management. In pursuit of accountability, integrity, and transparency, OIRP supports the entire institution through comprehensive research-based planning and evaluation processes which provide campus leadership with accurate information for data-informed decisions.

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness ( OIE ) is a sub-unit of OIRP, charged with providing institutional-wide support on unit and program assessment, accreditation, strategic planning, course evaluation, and survey design/analysis to university stakeholders. OIE manages university technologies that support collecting and disseminating information related to monitoring effectiveness for the campus.

College/School Information

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Number of Openings
Single Incumbent

Special Notes to Applicants

PLEASE NOTE : This posting will close at 11:59PM (Eastern time) on the posted closing date. To receive full consideration, please be sure you have fully completed the entire application, including the ‘Work History’ section before you apply for this position. Applications must be submitted through the online application system to be considered.

Months Per Year
12 Months

1.0 (40 hours per week)

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of 3 Professional References
Optional Documents Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity with UNCW? (2024)
    • UNCW Website
    • UNCW LinkedIn Page
    • UNCW X Account (formerly Twitter)
    • UNCW Employee Referral
    • UNCW Instagram Account (UNCW_jobs)
    • UNCW Job Alert
    • Chronical of Higher Education
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Glassdoor
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • Indeed
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • North Carolina Job Network
    • Women in Higher Education
    • Craigslist
    • Career Events/Job Fairs
    • Billboards/Marquee
    • Other
  2. If you selected 'Other' to the question above, please explain how you found out about this opportunity. Enter N/A if not applicable.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Provide an example of a successful assessment process you have led or been a part of, and how the results of that process contributed to the improvement of academic programs or administrative units?

    (Open Ended Question)

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